Finished Dimensions: 15″ wide x 12″ high x 4″ deep.
This Mini Professional Tote has all the same great features of the original Professional Tote but in a smaller package. The Mini Professional Tote has 10 pockets, including a padded free standing zipper pocket in the lining to hold your tablet. On the outside there are two patch pockets, a zipper pocket to hold things secure, and two pleated side pockets that will hold a bottle of water, umbrella or sunglasses. Inside the tote, along with the tablet zipper pocket, there is another zipper pocket sewn into the lining, a gathered pocket and 2 patch pockets. This tote is perfect for a busy, active woman for everyday use or travel.
Fabric and Notions needed for the Mini Professional Tote:
Main Fabric: 1 yard (Teal & Purple batik print in pictures)
Lining Fabric: 1- 1/8 yards (Bright yellow dot)
Contrast Fabric: 1 yard OR 1- 1/4 yards if you are making fabric handles. (Solid purple at bottom of tote and at the top edges of all the outside pockets)
Webbing: 3 1/4 yards of webbing are needed for the Mini Professional Tote handles. Note: If you are making fabric handles, you do not need any webbing.
Decor Bond, 2 yards or 2 3/8 yards if you are making fabric handles.
The Mini Professional Tote uses 4 zippers. One 7″ zipper to match the outside fabric, one 9″zipper to match the lining fabric and two 14″ zippers, one to match the outside fabric and one to match the lining fabric.
1- Swivel Hook, 1 Set of Purse Feet, Set of 4 Rectangle Rings or D Rings
Pam Gantz (verified owner) –
This is an excellent pattern. I am a purse fanatic and enjoyed making it. I found the instructions to be clear and the pictures were very helpful. I love all of the pockets and plan on using this as my travel purse.
Pam, I am so happy that you enjoyed making your purse, that makes you like it even better if you enjoyed the process!! Send pictures I would love to put them up on my “Customer Creations” page. Thanks for the kind words. Laura
Diane Klehn –
Love It! This was a fun pattern to make. I added feet on the bottom and a strap on the back to slide over my luggage handle while rolling through the airport. Laura’s customer service is answering emails is impeccable.
Marget Jesness –
I had a problem with the Fabric Preparation instruction F. Thr instructions say to cut a 28″ piece of the lining and a 10″ piece. Since the 10″ measure was easier for me to cut, I made my cut. Then, oops, uthat should have been a 12″ cut… so another 1/3 of a yard later… also. ,sewing the lining sides together was almost impossible – two layers of batting, plus two layers of interfaced lining fabric… my poor sewing machine almost said ” no way “!
But, the bag came out beautiful!
Marget, I’m so glad that you like your bag now that it is finished. I use Decor Bond on my fabric for the reason you mentioned that it is a thick seam and hard to get through. I am really sorry about the error on the lining, I was sure that I had fixed that in the last printing. It will definitely be fixed in the next printing. I will also make a comment about it on my website. Thank you for letting me know. Laura
This is a great pattern. I’ve made several for friends and family over the years. It also helped me learn a lot about bag construction and how to do lots of different kinds of pockets.
Thank you for your kind words about my pattern. I am so glad that you enjoyed making it. You can use the outside zipper pocket direction for lots of applications including adding pockets to ready-made items. I like to add zippered pockets to my sweatshirts. Enjoy carrying your new Mini Professional Tote.
Shirley Williams –
Love the purse, love the pattern. I didn’t understand why the pattern did not come with the Layout Diagrams like we had received in the Professional Tote.
Shirley, The layout Diagrams are on pages 2 and 3 of the pattern.
Incurable Quiltaholic –
I love this purse pattern. I have made 5 of these because every time I try a “store brought” purse, I end up switching back to this tote. It is just the right size, very organized for every thing I need to carry and I can choose fabrics for every season!